USEF Announces the Five Farnam/Platform USEF Horse of theYear Candidates; Voting Now Open
Excellence in equestrian sport does not come easy. It takes an amazing sense of dedication, incredible skill and a courageous heart. And in 2009, five horses (and their riders, drivers and handlers) have shown the world exactly those qualities. For each of them, their hard work and brilliant talent has garnered them a nomination for the United States Equestrian Federation's highest honor bestowed upon a horse - the Farnam/Platform USEF Horse of the Year Award.
Maxance McManamy Named 2009 USEF Junior Equestrian of theYear
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) announces that Maxance McManamy has been selected as the 2009 USEF Junior Equestrian of the Year. McManamy will be honored at the USEF’s Annual Meeting, January 13-17, 2010 in Louisville, KY, as part of the Pegasus Awards held Saturday evening.
The Ruth O’Keefe Meredith Trophy was established in 1985 to honor a junior equestrian who has made outstanding contributions to equestrian competition while exemplifying exceptional talent, sportsmanship and dedication. After reviewing the many candidates nominated for one of the USEF’s highest honors, the Awards Committee selected the young equestrian who exceeded the demanding qualification criteria.
McManamy, 18, from Templeton, CA, is bringing positive attention to competition in the sport of Eventing. With consistent skill and maturity in the three disciplines of dressage, cross-county and show jumping, the numerous successes in her young career are quite notable. In 2009, at the Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, McManamy was the Individual Gold medalist in the CCI**, and she, along with her team from Area VI, won the CCI** Team Gold. This year, she also took home reserve honors in the Young Horse Event Series in the five-year-old division at Galway Downs.
USEF Announces "My Favorite USEF Breed Competition" Contest Winners
In July, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) announced a new contest for 2009 designed to let USEF members vote for their "Favorite USEF Breed Competition." The idea behind the contest was to award and promote the USEF licensed breed competitions for their efforts in running a show so well that exhibitors want to call it their favorite. Also, the contest gave exhibitors the opportunity to provide positive feedback about the competitions to the USEF.
Stephen Rojek Wins 2009 Maggy Price Endurance Excellence Award
Endurance athlete Stephen Rojek was named the recipient of the 2009 Maggy Price Endurance Excellence Award. The award, sponsored by Gold Medal Farm's Larry and Valerie Kanavy, is given out annually to the Endurance Rider who earns the most points in a competition year at designated FEI Endurance competitions.
Rojek (South Woodstock, VT) won the Ocala CEI3* with Sambet and had top 10 finishes at the Williston CEI2* and the Morriston CEI3* (both in Florida) and at the Chester CEI3* in Georgia.
Rojek was honored to receive this award in honor of his great friend Maggy Price. Price is considered by many to be responsible for bringing USA Endurance into the international spotlight. The Endurance community suffered a huge loss when Price passed away in 2007.
American Quarter Horse Association Establishes Dressage as an Approved Event
The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) has been researching and studying the sport of dressage for the past nine years. Through the efforts of countless individuals, including input from staff at the United States Dressage Federation (USDF) and the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), dressage will become an AQHA-approved event beginning January 1, 2010.
AQHA-registered horses, shown by exhibitors who are current individual members of AQHA, will be eligible to earn points at USEF/USDF dressage competitions. AQHA has created a high-point recognition program for the AQHA open, amateur and youth divisions for first through 10th place in each division and the highest award to be given to the highest-point-earning registered American Quarter Horse in each division, including points earned in Training Level 4 through Grand Prix.
Kronsteiner and Smart Spook Three-Peat in the FEI World Reining Masters Final
The world of reining converged in Oklahoma City on Thursday, December 3, at the FEI World Reining Masters where 20 top riders from 18 nations competed on 20 world-class reining horses for one night of high-caliber competition. From the snow-capped peaks of Switzerland to the rain forests of Brazil, riders from across the globe came on a quest for international glory. The event was held during the 2009 NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show.
Austria’s Rudi Kronsteiner and Smart Spook, 2007 and 2008 FEI World Reining Masters open and restricted open division champions, marked an impressive 224 to repeat their winning ways. Owner Rosanne Sternberg graciously supplied the 2001 stallion for the event, plus three more horses. The duo took home a total of $26,750 for their efforts.
Team Belgium’s Bernard Fonck and De Bruin, Gattuso & Vandorp’s Great Sun Burst marked a 221 for second in the open and restricted open divisions for $19,000. Kaitlin Townsend’s Whizs Bronze Star and Team USA’s Pete Kyle took home $9,750 for their third-place showing in the open division. The Netherland’s Rieky Young piloted Jim Babcock’s Cowboy Smarts to a 216.5 for third in the restricted open division and $4,750.
Ride Down the Center Line at the 35th Anniversary of Dressage at Devon
Dressage riders...2010 is the year to make dreams come true at Dressage at Devon. To celebrate the show's 35th anniversary, the qualifying criteria for the 2010 show have been changed. Minimum qualifying scores have been eliminated giving more riders the opportunity to experience this historic event. Instead, submit your highest scores for the class level entered. These scores will be ranked on closing day to fill the class. This is your chance to ride down center line and join the ranks of the most celebrated dressage competitors in American history. Those participating as spectators will find the 35th anniversary show the most exciting in the event's storied history. More surprises will be unveiled throughout the coming year.
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Anne Gribbons to Serve as USEF Dressage Technical Advisor
The USEF announced today that Anne Gribbons has entered into a contract with the USEF to serve as the USEF Dressage Technical Advisor though 2012. The Technical Advisor role will include the coordination of all aspects of the USEF Dressage High-Performance Coaching Program. Gribbons will oversee the training and preparation of U.S. riders and horses as they prepare for World Championship, Pan American Games and Olympic competition. She will advise the USEF Dressage High-Performance Committee regarding the allocation of training grants and the selection of athletes for teams. Gribbons will monitor the form and soundness of perspective horses and the form and riding skills of candidate riders in order to identify areas for improvement.
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Arabian Art and History Exhibit to Open at the Kentucky Horse Park in May 2010
The largest and most comprehensive collection of exotic Arabian equine art and artifacts ever assembled will be on view to group tours when A Gift from the Desert: The Art, History and Culture of the Arabian Horse is presented next summer, May 29-October 15, 2010, in the Kentucky Horse Park's International Museum of the Horse-a Smithsonian Affiliate.
This breathtaking exhibition, presented by the Saudi Arabian Equestrian Federation, has already been named one of the American Bus Assocation's (ABA) Top 100 Events for 2010. It will feature 410 artifacts and works of art from 26 museums and private lenders. including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the British Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Oxford University, Ashmolean Museum, Egyptian Museum of Cairo, Carnegie Museum of Art, National Museum of Warsaw, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, American Museum of Natural History and many others.
Special Offer for USEF Members from Just Horse Videos Worldwide
For a limited time, USEF members will receive a 30% discount on DVDs of 2007 and earlier competitions and a 20% discount on all other DVDs, including 2009 competitions, at www.justhorsevideos.com.
This offer is good until January 31, 2009. Use coupon code USEF20 at checkout to receive the discount.
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United States Equestrian Team Foundation Awards Lionel Guerrand-Hermès Trophy to Jennifer Waxman
The United States Equestrian Team Foundation (USET) is pleased to announce that 18-year-old Jennifer Waxman of Chagrin Falls, OH, has been awarded the Lionel Guerrand-Hermès Trophy, recognizing a Junior/Young Rider who exemplifies the USET Foundation's ideals of sportsmanship and horsemanship.
The award was established in 1983 by Patrick Guerrand-Hermès in memory of his son Lionel, an Olympic hopeful trained by U.S. Eventing Coach Jack Le Goff, who was tragically killed in an automobile accident at the age of 18.
Waxman had a successful year in all aspects of the hunter/jumper discipline, but her success in the jumpers was outstanding. She and her horse Venturo won the Individual Gold medal and Team Silver medal at the North American Junior Young Riders Championships (NAJYRC) in Lexington, KY.
2010 George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session Open to the Public for Auditing
The schedule for the fourth George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session on January 5-9, 2010, in Wellington, FL, has been set, with auditing of mounted and educational sessions open to the public free of charge.
Auditors will have the opportunity to get firsthand exposure to the highest level of training conducted by Morris, the legendary horseman and chef d'équipe of the Olympic Gold-medal show jumping team in 2009 in Hong Kong.
The selected riders - Jacqueline Lubrano, Jessica Springsteen, Zazou Hoffman, Christy Distefano, Matthew Metell, Theodore Boris, Jennifer Waxman, Reed Kessler, Chase Boggio and Victoria Birdsall - will participate in mounted sessions at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.
Photo Courtesy Shannon Brinkman
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Reduced Registration and Transfer Fees Passed by the National Show Horse Registry Board of Directors
Effective immediately and until December 31, 2009, registration fees for National Show Horses will be $250 for horses three months and older whose sire is National Show Horse Registry (NSHR) Lifetime Nominated and $500 for horses three months and older whose sire is not NSHR Lifetime Nominated.
Effective immediately and until December 31, 2009, the transfer fee of a National Show Horse will be no more than $100 regardless of the number of interim owners as long as the current owner is a current NSHR member.
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Gala Ceremonies to Open 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games
Opening Ceremonies for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games will kick off with hundreds of horses and athletes, marching bands, orchestras, world-renowned singers and a Kentucky “Call to the Post.”
The Games are the world’s most prestigious equestrian event, featuring world championships in eight equestrian sports. The 2010 Games, September 25-October 10, will be the first ever held in America. Organizers say the Opening Ceremonies will pay tribute to America, Kentucky, and the equine world.
EQUUS Foundation/USEF Youth Convention Star Power Panelists Announced; Humane Society of the United States Named Presenting Sponsor
Registrations are still being accepted for the EQUUS Foundation/United States Equestrian Federation Youth Convention scheduled for Saturday, January 16, 2010, at the Louisville Marriott Downtown in Louisville, KY. The convention unites youth from around the country and helps to nurture and develop a growing interest in equestrian sport.
This all-day event will include a Star Power Panel of top athletes from USEF-recognized breeds and disciplines who will speak with the youth about their experiences, backgrounds and enthusiasm for the horse, as well as answer questions.
Nominations Due February 1, 2010, for the 9th Annual Equine Industry Vision Award
The deadline date for nominations for the 9th Annual Equine Industry Vision Award is on or before February 1, 2010. Pfizer Animal Health sponsors the award in partnership with American Horse Publications (AHP) and developed it to recognize outstanding leadership, creativity and meritorious contributions in the equine industry.
The 2010 Equine Industry Vision Award will be presented on June 18, 2010, during the AHP 40th Anniversary Seminar in Lexington, KY.
Save $10/Day, Up to $30 Off a Weekly/Weekend Rental
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All you have to do is go to hertz.com and be sure to enter USEF CDP #15757 and PC #138622 to take advantage of this offer.
Terms and Conditions: Advance reservations required. Subject to availability, this offer is redeemable at participating Hertz airport locations in the U.S, Canada and Puerto Rico. This offer has no cash value, may not be used with Pre-pay Rates, Tour Rates or Insurance Replacement Rates and cannot be combined with any other certificate, voucher, offer or promotion. Hertz age, driver, credit, qualifying weekly/weekend rate restrictions for the renting location apply. Taxes, tax reimbursement, age differential charges, fees and optional service charges, such as refueling, are not included. Discounts apply to time and mileage charges only. Discounts in local currency on redemption. Offer valid for vehicle pickup through 02-06-10.
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Renew for 2010
The 2010 USEF Competition year has begun (as of December 1, 2009). Renew your membership now. It is so easy when you log into your MY USEF Account and click on "2010 USEF Membership Application" under 2010 Competition Year. For your convenience and the best membership deal, you can opt for a three-year membership for $150.
The annual USEF Competing Equestrian membership costs only $55. As a competing member, you are eligible to participate at all USEF Licensed Competitions, receive "equestrian" magazine at no additional charge, a million-dollar personal excess liability policy for horse-related accidents that cause bodily injury or property damage to third parties, and the added benefits of USEF MemberPerks—a members-only discount program with unbeatable deals from companies like John Deere, Hertz, Sherwin Williams, USRider, FarmVet, LifeLock, Moxie and others.
Not participating in USEF Licensed Competitions but still want to be a member? There are member categories for you. With the USEF Equestrian membership, at $35, you receive automatic insurance along with the MemberPerks. If you are a college student who is busy studying and not competing, you can join as a USEF Collegiate member for $25. This is another non-competing membership that will give you the benefits of MemberPerks plus four issues of "equestrian" magazine to keep you well informed of equestrian sports. And Club Equestrian, which is only $15, gives you access to the MemberPerks program.
USEF is pleased to announce that we can offer you the ability to pay for your membership renewal with a credit or debit card or by utilizing our newest electronic check payment method. We accept American Express, Visa, MasterCard and electronic check.
If you have questions, call the USEF Customer Care Center and a personal agent will assist you. You may call (859) 258-2472. Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm [ET]
The United States Equestrian Federation®, Inc. (USEF), as the National Equestrian Federation of the U.S., is the regulatory body for the Olympic and World Championship sports of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, reining, show jumping, and vaulting, as well as 20 other breeds and disciplines of equestrian competition. As the country's largest multi-breed organization, the Federation recognizes more than 2,800 competitions nationwide each year. It governs all aspects of competition, including educating and licensing all judges, stewards and technical delegates who officiate at these shows.
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